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Physics - master


Duration:2 År
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Physics
Admission requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Physics (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualifications. An additional requirement is specialization in physics worth the equivalent of minimum 80 ECTS.

Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (2.5) in the ECTS scale

See Admission requirements for more information

Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15th of April/1st of November
International applicants: 15th of November
Application code:Nordic applicants: 4006
International applicants: 2022

Programme description

This Master´s program in Physics offers four different disciplines:

Each discipline covers different fields of physics tightly linked to the respective research group that is relevant to the chosen field. Throughout the master program, you will work closely with this research group. You will be working with practical and theoretical problems, using state-of-the-art equipment and modern techniques for solving research and industrial problems.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) HMS-0501 Sikkerhet på laboratoriet, verksted, felt og tokt - 0 stp. HMS-0502 Førstehjelp lab, verksted, felt og tokt - 0 stp. HMS-0504 Biologisk materiale - 0 stp.
2. sem. (spring)
3. sem. (autumn)
4. sem. (spring)

Learning outcomes

A Master´s degree in Physics will give you the following;


The candidate:

· has a solid basis in natural sciences in general, and in particular in physics

· has advanced knowledge of theory and methods in one of the offered disciplines of physics

· has thorough knowledge about mathematical and statistical methods for analysis of physical problems

· can apply knowledge on new areas of research in one of the offered disciplines of physics

· has good knowledge of scientific method and knows how to conduct a research experiment

· can analyse and assess scientific literature and research in the field of physics


The candidate:

· can use scientific measurement equipment and carry out advanced experiments

· can evaluate and analyse measurement data in a critical manner

· can assess sensors and measurement devices and evaluate and quantify their error sources

· can use programming tools and advanced software for solving physical problems numerically

· can work independently with problem solving following scientific method

· can evaluate and analyse published theories, methods and experiments in the physics literature

· can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision in physics or related areas


The candidate:

· displays good communication skills, oral and written, in the presentation of scientific work for both the general public and for the specialists in the field

· can analyse academic, professional and research ethical problems in the field of physics

· displays good working habits and follows the code of ethics in scientific work

· is able to continue a career within research, teaching, production, development and technical professions in the society

· can produce a well-structured presentation of an extensive independent scientific work

· can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes in the field of physics

Teaching and assessment

The courses in the program have varied forms of instruction, typically lectures, exercises, laboratory work, computer work, or combinations of these.
Special curricula, project papers and the Master's thesis are supervised on an individual basis by the department's academic staff, possibly in collaboration with external companies or institutions by agreement.
Form of assessment varies, but may include a take-home exam, project paper or laboratory report, in combination with a final oral or written exam. In some courses, mandatory assignments have to be approved for access to the exam.
After handing in the Master's thesis, it is assessed, and normally within 6 weeks an oral presentation and examination is held, that may influence on the final mark.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or in a Scandinavian language.

In addition, the Master's thesis may be written either in English or in a Scandinavian language.

Exchange possibilities

There are several possibilities for exchanges abroad. The exchange period depends on your individual study plan, and should be planned in collaboration with the student advisor and the student’s supervisor.

Job prospectives

The program leads to a wide variety of career options both domestic and abroad within research, industry and administration.

You will have the opportunity to work with:
- Earth observation
- Application and system development
- Climate and energy management
- Consulting
- Environmental monitoring
- Climate modelling
- Sensor technology
- Rocket and space research
- Statistic analysis

Access to further studies

Completed Master's degree studies qualify for admission to PhD-studies in physics, depending on satisfactory marks in the Master's and Bachelor's degree. PhD-studies in physics are offered at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.